WINNER - John Horrocks Collection
Lancashire Archives, Preston
Preston's Textile Pioneer
The archive contains thousands of items dating from the late 18th century to 1960s. This includes pattern books, financial records, photographs and international trade correspondence. The award will greatly improve the access to information on line.
Established in 1791 by John Horrocks in Preston, the company became one of the pioneers of the Lancashire "factory system". Within ten years Horrocks owned seven large mills and in 1816 the company, which became Horrockses, Miller and Co, also employed 7000 handloom weavers working at home. In 1887 Horrocks, Crewdson & Company was established after mergers with two other Preston based textile companies and by 1891 it was running thousands of looms and hundreds of thousands of spindles in Lancashire at a time when the county dominated the international cotton textile industry. In the 1940s the company created its iconic Horrockses Fashions brand, the first collection being launched in April 1946 to rave reviews.
The award will help pay for a qualified archivist to work on the collection to research company history, add to our online catalogue, catalogue the pattern books and photographs.